Making the Switch From Your Eyes to Your Ears
I'm working with a great student. We are talking about trusting his ears and how to make the switch. I think that's a big thing with students. The eyes seem much safer, and in some ways they are. But for improvisational music the ears are much more fun!!
You need to make the switch and trust your ears. You need to play melodies from your eyes and forget about the music. It's hard but it's important.
You need to learn the harmony and put it in your ears and use the knowledge in your ears to solo, not your eyes. The eyes can help but they're not the main part of all this. I think this is important to recognize!
I gave my student the C G7 exercise I give to students.
One bar each C next bar G7. Loop them.
YOU CAN ONLY PLAY C E AND G IN THE FIRST BAR AND THEN G B D F IN THE SECOND BAR. Play this is over and over and play all over your instrument! Be as creative as you can. Do this in all keys. It's one way to start paying attention to your ears. This will get easy and your ears will start to suggest notes.
But somehow when you are playing good solos, it means you have put a lot of trust in your ears. Get it?
The other thing you need to help your ears is good time. That puts everything in it's place and gives your ears something work with.
All of us need to take the steps to putting your ears more and more in charge. Singing is also a good way to do this. Forget solfeggi (or whatever you call it). Just sing.
What do you think of this?